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Title: Decisions
Author: dragonheart
Characters: Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Mike Franks
Rating: G
Word Count: 291
Spoilers: Based on published spoilers for 9.14 Life Before His Eyes
Summary: Life is full of decisions and their repercussions are felt long after we remember making them.
Note: I almost didn't post this story, but it demanded to be written and I am a slave to a bunny.

“Probie, each decision you made was like a pebble thrown into a lake.  The ripples went on and on even after they were no longer visible to your eyes.  It’s like that for everyone.  Our decisions have infinite consequences.”

Gibbs looked around the diner at his family and friends and marveled at how their lives would be very much different today if he had not met them and how different his life would have been without them in it.

He had always believed that things happened – even bad things – for a reason.  He didn’t necessarily believe in fate, but he didn’t discount it either.

He smiled at his mentor Mike Franks and replied “Never took you for the guardian angel type Mike”.

Franks smirked and replied “Oh, I am far from that.  But, you do have another decision to make – to close the circle, so to speak”

Gibbs didn’t reply, so Mike continued “You can choose to let go of this life and finally join Shannon and Kelly on the other side, or you can choose to hold on a little longer, maybe teach that bunch of probies a thing or two more.”

Gibbs looked over his shoulder at Shannon who smiled at him in that special way of hers and then he looked at the next table which seated his team.

As much as he wanted to be with his wife and child, they were gone and his team was here and very much alive. They had all grown tremendously the past few years; both personally and professionally, but he knew they still needed him, and even more importantly, he needed them.

With a loving look and soft smile for his family, he swiveled his chair back to Franks and answered “I choose life.”

Date: 2012-02-01 10:07 pm (UTC)
alidiabin: (Good)
From: [personal profile] alidiabin
I like it.

And I can see this happening.

I like Mike calling the team probies.

Date: 2012-02-02 03:25 am (UTC)
proseac: (Semper Fi)
From: [personal profile] proseac
Nice! You caught Mike Franks' voice really well in this piece. (Not sure how much of dialogue comes from the preview, but I know some of it's your own).

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